LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
OCCA Develops “Art Kits” For 21st Century After School Program, The News Guard (Oregon)
This school year, the Sam Case Elementary 21st Century Afterschool Program in Newport, Oregon partnered with the Oregon Coast Council of the Arts (OCCA) to facilitate four-week art classes for students. While in-person programming is suspended due to coronavirus, the program has found a way to continue these classes through ‘art kits’ distributed to students’ homes. The kits include materials and instructions for map-themed ‘art challenges’ that teach students about shape, texture, lines and more. According to the News Guard, “McKenzie Purdom of the 21st Century program reports that the kids are very excited about the Art Kits and their Art Challenges.”
Boys & Girls Club Offers Familiar Face, Virtual Place During Pandemic, The Barnstable Patriot (Massachusetts)
Each day, the Boys & Girls Club of Cape Cod is providing two hours of interactive, live afterschool programming on Zoom while in-person programming is suspended due to the pandemic. The programming includes “Mad Science” workshops, “Girl Talk” sessions, karate, yoga, music, English language arts, tutoring and more. The Club is also partnering with community members to expand programming, including a police officer who will conduct a ‘virtual tour’ of a police cruiser and the Mashpee, Massachusetts police station. “We often don’t realize how stressful this (new coronavirus situation) is for kids,” Executive Director Ruth Provost told the Barnstable Patriot. “They need a familiar routine and (they need) to be able to see people they know and like.”
How this North Omaha Program is Reaching Kids Even While It's Closed, Omaha World-Herald (Nebraska)
The NorthStar Enrichment Center provides tutoring, meals, college prep, lacrosse and more in an afterschool program for boys in Omaha, Nebraska. While the pandemic has meant the suspension of in-person programming, the center is busy distributing around 200 boxed dinners on Monday nights, breakfast and lunch on Fridays, and grocery boxes on Wednesdays. NorthStar President Scott Hazelrigg has also been visiting students from a distance by bringing lawn chairs and doughnuts to their front yards to check in and connect them to learning opportunities. The center is planning a summer learning program and distributing iPads so students can participate. “If it’s really hot, there are no jobs and people haven’t had structure, bad stuff happens,” Hazelrigg told the Omaha World-Herald.
Parks and Recreation Center Providing Virtual Classes to Keep Kids Active During Pandemic, KVEO-TV (Texas)
Students in Pharr, Texas are engaging in workout classes, martial arts, dancing, crafts, guitar classes and more thanks to virtual afterschool programming from the Pharr Parks and Recreation Center. The program started offering online classes to help students stay active and healthy during the pandemic. “Whether it’s dancing, taekwondo, [or] guitar, it keeps your mind off some things sometimes, so it’s a little bit of everything,” Recreation Supervisor Sara Guerra told KVEO-TV.
YMCA gives kids ‘a dose of normal,’ Martha’s Vineyard Times (Massachusetts)
To help students overcome isolation and disconnection, the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard is...
Girls Inc. Takes Creative Approach to Programming During COVID-19, The Daily Times (Tennessee)
At the in-person and virtual afterschool programs run by Girls Inc. of the Tennessee Valley, about...
Lack Of Afterschool Program Access In Indiana Could Impact Education, Economic Recovery, WBAA (Georgia)
A recent household survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance, America After 3PM, found...
Column: Hawaii Behind on Afterschool Programs, Honolulu Star-Advertiser (Hawaii)
Although data from the household survey America After 3 PM showed Hawaii was a national leader in afterschool...
Survey: Afterschool Participation Drops to Lowest Rate Since 2009, As Providers Seek Funding for Students During Pandemic, The 74 Million
Data from America After 3PM, a household survey...
The Bridge Teen Center Celebrates 10,000 Students!, Patch (Illinois)
The Bridge Teen Center in Orland Park, Illinois is celebrating the milestone of serving 10,000 students in the decade since it...
Where Atlanta Parents Turn When Children Can’t Do Online School at Home, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia)
Afterschool providers throughout Atlanta, Georgia are stepping up to provide safe, supportive environments for students to do distance learning while their parents are...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 08/26/20
After-School Programs Adjusting to COVID-19 Challenges, Live 5 News (South Carolina)
Several organizations in Charleston, South Carolina are finding creative ways to support students as the start of a new school year approaches. For example, the Metanoia Youth Leadership Academy will offer...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 08/19/20
Safe Spaces: Back-To-School Options For Cleveland's Working Parents, Idea Stream (Ohio)
This fall, when Cleveland schools open remotely, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio is planning to serve more than 500 students with enriching all-day, in-person programming. To do so, the Club...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 08/12/20
The After School All Stars Program Provides Support for Both Students and Parents, WSFL-TV (Florida)
When schools closed due the pandemic, After School All Stars (ASAS) quickly found ways to support students and families remotely, first with a virtual afterschool program and then with a virtual...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 08/05/20
Prime Time Palm Beach Continues Programs, Lake Okeechobee News (Florida)
When schools closed due to the pandemic, Prime Time Palm Beach County quickly created an online library where families could choose from more than 2,000 learning activities designed to help students discover new interests...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 07/29/20
ACPS’s Summer Learning Classes Aid Coronavirus Learning Slump, Local DVM (Virginia)
This summer, Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) in Virginia are offering free virtual summer learning classes to all students to keep them engaged, academically enriched, and connected to one another....
BY: Magen Eissenstat 07/22/20
Hoops and Homework Centers in Framingham Reopen with ‘Super Duper Excited’ Students, Metrowest Daily News (Massachusetts)
When schools and programs closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Hoops and Homework afterschool program quickly pivoted to supporting students through...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 07/15/20
Boys & Girls Club Delivers Camp For Kids, New Haven Independent (Connecticut)
This week, about 60 students ages five to 14 started a six-week summer learning camp at the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven in Connecticut. Students are divided into small pods, wearing masks and practicing...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 07/08/20
Learning Center to Have At-Home Learning Sessions, Meadeville Tribune (Pennsylvania)
Each Monday through Thursday in July, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Mentoring Program in Meadeville, Pennsylvania will hold interactive, hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) lessons online....
BY: Magen Eissenstat 07/01/20
JCPS' New Summer School Program Offers Virtual Adventures, Big-Ticket Prizes, Courier Journal (Kentucky)
Through the Jefferson County Public Schools’ online “Summer League” program, students in Louisville, Kentucky can explore new interests and keep their academic skills...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 06/24/20
L.A. School District Plans Star-Studded Summer Learning for Students — with James Cameron Teaching ‘Titanic’ and a Book Group with Alicia Keys and Others, The Washington Post
This summer, students in Los Angeles will learn to draw and animate from the studio behind...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 05/27/20
Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA Afterschool Program Makes House Calls, Augusta Free Press (Virginia)
On Monday, the Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA Afterschool Adventure Club in Augusta County, Virginia delivered care packages to students. They included handwritten notes, sidewalk chalk, and materials...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 05/06/20
Afterschool Girls + STEAM Program Launches, Fosters (Delaware)
In Delaware, girls in the Seymour Osman Community Center afterschool program learn engineering concepts by working with UV reactive beads, building sun-resistant shelters, and more. The new “Girls + STEAM” (science,...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 11/21/18
Ten Significant Accomplishments of the African Community Learning Program in 2018, The Philadelphia Sunday Sun (Pennsylvania)
University of Pennsylvania senior Aminata Sy founded the African Community Learning Program in October 2017 to inspire academic achievement among 1st to 8th grade...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/09/19